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Dell Inspiron Hard Drive Overheating?

By tl3883 ·
I have a Dell Inspiron 2600 with a Hitachi 20 gb drive that has locked up 4 or 5 times a day for the last 6 days. I have had this machine for nearly 4 years and it is still under warrenty. Locked up means computer freezing, screen colors scrambled and hard drive clicking 5 or 6 times. I ran shareware "Hard Drive Inspector" and it said "temperature threshold achieved". It appears threshold is arbitarily set by the software. The temperature run from 115 degrees F. to 130 degrees F. I ran Dell diagnostics and it said all test passed. Dell technical support says the power cord is causing the problem and is sending me a new powercord. What is the accepted threshold for temperature? Are there any other test I should run? Comments anyone???

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by faradhi In reply to Dell Inspiron Hard Drive ...

I have several 2650's that I manage. I have noticed that the internal components of these laptops do tend to get extremely hot.
If your hard drive is clicking it is probably the hard drive itself. I've had them for three years and replaced at least 20 of the 36 hard drives.
I would run chkdsk on the drive. If you are getting a lot of bad sectors, that would confirm the probability that the hard drive is bad.

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